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Detroit Design Festival 2013

The Detroit Design Festival begins next week with a variety of creative showcases that offer a new outlook on the future of the city. From Sept. 17 until the 22nd, venues throughout the city will host events spotlighting the work of Detroit-based designers. “Design means something to everyone,” says Melinda Anderson, a coordinator for the festival working through the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. “Art i ...

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New label, album for Sheard

Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Karen Clark Sheard, a Detroit native, recorded her newest solo album Sept. 9, during a live performance held at the House of Hope in Chicago, Ill. This latest project was produced by Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer, Donald Lawrence. This is Sheard’s sixth solo project. Fans will be in for a treat as Sheard said they went for a different sound — ...

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Raising ‘Ca$h’ for Osborn activity center

Photographer Rodesha Ross founded the Artist Venue Nonprofit Organization (AVNPO) in 2009, to empower youth in her community. AVNPO is working on establishing a group of community centers where mentors can encourage local kids’ creativity through visual arts, photography and fashion design. Ms. Ross hopes to bring her vision to life first in Detroit’s Osborn neighborhood, where she grew up. The First Annual ...

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BIGGER THAN HIP HOP

On Friday, August 30, a panel discussion featuring the influential revolutionary rap group, dead prez, took place at the Alkebu-Ian Village, discussing the future of hip hop as a tool for community building in Detroit. The event was a part of The Rebirth Experience, featuring a concert and community activities, organized by The Urban Network. The guest speakers were asked how hip hop can affect a rebirth in ...

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Poor Man’s Art Collective unveils new show

For the past 11 years, the founders of the Poor Man’s Art Collective (PMAC), Geno Harris and Mychal Noir have been working to bring attention to the creations by Detroit’s unknown and emerging artists. They get another crack at it Oct. 25-Nov. 8, when PMAC’s new show, “Thinking Outside of the Box!” adorns the walls of The Liberal Arts Gallery at 3361 Gratiot, on the city’s east side. ...

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Detroit to Africa: Dr. Tierra Bills builds a road to success

For Dr. Tierra Bills, Ph.D., education was an integral part of growing up; her grandparents and family made certain of it. “I think that in my family education has always been valued and held in very high regard,” says the Florida A&M graduate. Bills’ mother was a teacher at her K-12 school, Aisha Shule/W.E.B. Dubois Preparatory Academy. “My mom basically taught me all of my life — at home and all through s ...

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Vaudeville re-booted

On Sept. 26, Detroit-based physical theatre company, The Hinterlands, will begin performing their new play, “The Circuit,” described as “an ecstatic variety show for the outcasts of the Internet age.” A “high-octane-seize-no-prisoner” take on vaudeville, every aspect of the show — the book, the music, and the performance space itself — has been carefully crafted by the company for maximum effect. Since 2009 ...

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Lord Jessiah releases new album “Grounds of Detroit”

Lord Jessiah is a hip hop producer who has stuck with the sonic fundamentals of the craft, matching sample loops with street rhymes that beat straight to the soul. His new album, “Grounds of Detroit,” is a throwback to 90s era hip hop, when songs reflected the rawness of the blocks, unlike today’s rap music, which tends to be more polished for pop appeal. ...

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Detroit North End Healing

The strip of Oakland Avenue in Detroit’s North End district may be riddled with vacant homes and fire-damaged structures, but the historical significance of the region has kept the people together over the years — fighting to renew the history of a community once known for greatness. On Aug. 24, over 200 people gathered at the Oakland Avenue Community Garden & Greenhouse, located at 9354 Oakland Avenue in D ...

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